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I Will Have Vengeance (Commissario…

I Will Have Vengeance (Commissario Ricciardi) (2007)

by Maurizio De Giovanni

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This is the first volume of the Commissario Ricciardi series. Since I have already read the third volume, some of the characters were known to me.
A famous tenor is found murdered in his wardrobe. Ricciardi has the talent to see the last moments of a dead, so it is important that he is always first at the scene alone. This gift not only gives him advantages, since he also sees the dead and their thoughts in everyday life at every corner and place. It seems that they never want to let go. Ricciardi meticulously solves this case together with his Brigadier Maione. He can not be disturbed by anything, even if Questore Garzo is constantly on his neck.
I like the figure of Commissario Ricciardi very much. He is a self-broker who likes to be alone and never give up. He has no friends but is terribly in love with Enrica, who lives vis à vis him. But he is too shy to reveal his feelings towards her.
I will definitvely read the remaining books of this series. ( )
  Ameise1 | Feb 20, 2017 |
Un commissario con un dono. Una Napoli non molto diversa da quelle di oggi. ( )
  cloentrelibros | Aug 23, 2016 |
Set in Naples in 1931, this novel takes place during the early rule of Benito Mussolini. We meet 31 year old Commissario Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, a brilliant, unmarried, almost friendless, policeman. Though he is independently wealthy enough not to have to work, he has a different motivation: he sees, and hears, dead people. The ghosts of those who have died sorrowfully haunt him and his only relief seems to be the brief period following a successful investigation, when the voices leave Ricciardi alone for a time. The dead don’t comfort Ricciardi – they don’t even see him. They’re entirely wrapped up in their last thoughts.

After an odd introduction containing some supernatural elements, the book settles down into a fairly standard procedural in which Ricciardi and his faithful subordinate, Brigadier Maione, investigate the murder of Arnaldo Vezzi, one of Italy’s greatest opera singers, who has been stabbed in his dressing room on the opening night of a new season. There are plenty of suspects because almost everyone despised the singer. Ricciardi must piece together the evidence through careful listening and observation of everyone involved. Maurizio de Giovanni does a spectacular job of weaving this remarkable man and his remarkable ability into a setting that is filled with authentic details of Naples, its opera theater, and the historical backdrop. Ricciardi's visions are a blessing and a curse. His solace comes in the evening when he sits in his room, watching his neighbor across the courtyard doing embroidery.

I read my first Maurizio de Giovanni novel last week (The Crocodile) and immediately rushed out and got the first book in the Commissario Ricciardi series even though I usually am not a fan of reading books that incorporate the supernatural. They are two of my favorite books of the year and I can't wait to read more from this author. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is the first in a series featuring an enigmatic Naples detective, Commissario Ricciardi, and set during the Fascist 1930s. Ricciardi inherited an interesting trait from his mother - the dead talk to him, appealing for justice. Sometime after their death, the images fade and they haunt him no longer. But just after they have died they pose puzzles about their death. You would think this might be advantageous for a homicide detective like Ricciardi but in fact the murder victim rarely tells him straight out who committed the deed. In the case of the murdered tenor Vezzi, Ricciardi picks up hints rather than proof.

So Ricciardi insists that he enter a murder scene alone for a few minutes at first, to see what the dead person has to "say". In the case of Vezzi there are things that just don't make sense. As always those higher up the order are pressing for a quick apprehension of the murderer. Vezzi is a house-hold word with even Il Duce's office taking an interest. When a young man confesses to the murder the Vice-Questore pressures Ricciardi to charge him quickly but he still feels that there are things that don't add up. Ricciardi's superiors find him prickly, rather uncompromising, and at times downright uncooperative. It is not secret that only his assistant Brigadier Maione will work with him.

While the series is set in Naples at the beginning of the 1930s I don't feel that the historical details are particularly influential. They really provide setting only. You are not going to learn much Italian history from reading this book. There is an interesting section at the end of the e-book where the translator explains some of the historical references. But after all de Giovanni's primary audience is Italian readers who know a lot about their own history, not non-Italians who know little. So the Italian reader will mentally fill in a lot of supplementary detail from a simple reference to, for example, the hairnet that Ricciardi wears to bed.

Overall though, a good read, and I will look forward to another. ( )
  smik | Jun 26, 2014 |
'I Will have Vengence' is my first encounter with Maurizio de Giovanni, and on the basis of it I look forward to starting 'The Crocodile', which lies close to hand awaiting my attention. Commissario Ricciardi is an effective investigator, if a solitary-type figure, based in Naples in the fascist 1930s, and together with his loyal assistant Maione he investigates the murder of a famous if much disliked Italian opera singer, found dead in his dressing room during a public performance. The victim was apparently a favourite of Il Duce, so the pressure in on Ricciardi from his superiors for a speedy resolution. This of course poses a problem for Ricciardi in resolving the matter to his own satisfaction, for he is far from convinced by the solution that initially presents itself. Ricciardi is resolute in his attempts to see justice prevail, but as the complexity of events begins to unfold, you begin to wonder how that might happen. A twist in the tale is called for you feel, but is there one?

Ricciardi is an enigmatic but likable character, the nature of which will add considerably to your interest level in this book. He is a wealthy aristocrat who leads a rather solitary existence, he sees the ghosts of those who have died violently, he has an admiration that borders on an infatuation for a neighbour who he has never met but who he likes to observe each evening as she sits embroidering by her window, and he wears a hairnet to bed. Furthermore, he has no time for the pretentiousness of some of those he encounters during his investigations, something that marks him out as an anti-establishment type figure, which in 1930s fascist Italy one might think could be to his disadvantage.

I would have welcomed a little more of a sense of fascist Italy and Naples in the 1930s, but that is my only quibble, my being greedy. This is a relatively short, slow-paced book, but one I think you will enjoy. I know I did. ( )
  ebyrne41 | Jan 6, 2014 |
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In 1930s fascist Naples, the enigmatic Commissario Ricciardi investigates the brutal murder of an infamous tenor, a case that is marked by the assistance of a loyal colleague and Ricciardi's own secrets.

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